New Delhi: In an embarrassing moment for Beijing and Islamabad, the UN Meet on Safety of Religious Minorities expressed concern over China and Pakistan treating religious minorities in their country.
United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, at the UN Meet said, “We remain deeply concerned about the Chinese government escalating widespread and undue restrictions on religious freedom in China. We urge the Chinese government to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of everyone in that nation.”
Speaking on China categorically, Brownback added, “Many members of religious groups in China – including ethnic Uighur, Kazakh, and other Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants, and Falun Gong – face severe persecution and repression, and we call on the Chinese government to end its war on faith and to respect religious freedom for all.”
On Pakistan, he said, “In Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer from prosecution either at hands of non-state elements or through discriminatory laws and practices.”
United Kingdom Prime Minister’s Special Envoy on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Lord Ahmad also cornered both nations and spoke specifically on UK’s concerns over the condition of China’s Uyghurs and Christians in Pakistan. “In Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer from prosecution either at hands of non-state elements or through discriminatory laws and practices.”
“We must unequivocally call out attacks, whether directed at Christians in the middle east and elsewhere… a deepening crackdown on Uyghurs of China and other minorities,” said Canada’s envoy at the UN Meet held in New York.
US, UK, and Canada’s responses came after Naveed Walter, President of Human Rights Focus Pakistan, spoke at the UN meet and asserted that “a large number of people are marginalized in their own societies”
On this, US’ Sam Brownback said, “In Pakistan, religious minorities continue to suffer from prosecution either at hands of non-state elements or through discriminatory laws and practices.”
Meanwhile, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will represent his country at the UN General Assembly next month, where he will address the world body on the Kashmir issue.